European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has shown Italy "solidarity" on issues ranging from the unsolved 2016 murder of researcher Giulio Regeni in Egypt to war-torn Libya and relations with Russia, foreign minister Luigi Di Maio said on Thursday.
"I want to publicly thank Josep for the strong solidarity shown to Italy, also over the Regeni case at the European Union foreign affairs council meeting in January," Di Maio wrote on Facebook.
"Establishing the truth on Giulio's barbaric murder is a priority not just for Italy but for the whole EU," continued the post after a visit by Borrell to Rome on Thursday.
"Besides international issues like Libia and ties with Russia, we agreed with Josep on the need for Europe to make every effort to step up the vaccination campaign."
Inoculations with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine were due to re-start on Friday in Italy after it and 12 other EU countries paused the job amid fears of a link with blood clots.